(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
JACKSON -- Though sixth-seed Kelly was able to hang around early, big runs in both the second and third quarter by third-seed Scott City lifted the Rams to a 68-40 win in the opening round of the Class 3, District 3 Tournament on Saturday at Saxony Lutheran High School.
"We didn't play well at the beginning," Rams coach Mark Dannenmueller said. "We came out a little sluggish in that first quarter, but when we finally woke up I thought we played pretty well."
The tipping point came midway in the second quarter after Kelly closed to within four at 21-17 with 3:47 left before the break thanks to a 5-0 run.
Holding the Hawks scoreless the rest of the half, the Rams scored 12 unanswered points to end the frame with Justin Modglin dropping in the final bucket of the period just four seconds before the buzzer to put his team ahead 33-17.
Going on a 9-2 run to open the third, Kelly was able to close back to within nine points of Scott City midway through the quarter. It was shortly after Kelly's drive, however, that the Rams went on their biggest run of the afternoon to put the game away.
Starting with a Modglin 3-pointer from the left corner of the arc, the Rams scored 12 straight points to end the third, before hitting three consecutive baskets to start the fourth, going up 53-27 with 6:26 to play.
Later in the frame, Scott City took its biggest lead of the night when Zach Cotner hit two straight baskets to put the Rams up 59-29 with 4:54 to play.
"We've been like that," Dannenmueller said. "We hit teams with runs. We don't play particularly well for stretches and then we play extremely well.
"So if we could ever just put it together and play well the entire game, I think we'd be a pretty good team."
Cotner led Scott City (9-15) in scoring, finishing with 23 points on the contest, including 19 in the second half. Modglin and Landon Robert both had 11 points.
For Kelly (5-16), Trey Drury and Sawyer Elfrink tied for the team lead with nine points.
The Rams will now face second-seeded Arcadia Valley in the semifinals today at 7:30 p.m.
KELLY (40) -- Christopher Lovett 1, Trey Drury 9, Sawyer Elfrink 9, Michael Kuykendall 4, Ian Householder 6, Garrett Alsup 4, Jerret Nicoson 2, Gabe Felter 5. FG 16, FT 6-13, F 17. (3-pointers: Elfrink 1, Alsup 1. Fouled out: none).
SCOTT CITY (68) -- Logan Henson 7, Landon Robert 11, Jesse Sanders 10, Justin Modglin 11, Zach Cotner 23, Ryan Brock 6. FG 26, FT 9-24, F 16. (3-pointers: Robert 3, Sanders 2, Modglin 2. Fouled out: none).
It was probably a little closer than they would have liked, but the first-seeded Scott City Lady Rams escaped the opening round with a 33-22 win over the eighth-seeded Jefferson Bluejays in the Class 3, District 3 Tournament.
"We played them in jayvee earlier this year and we were kind of fearing them," Scott City coach Ricky Keller said. "We knew that they weren't truly the eighth-seed. They probably should have been in the three, four or five (seed) range.
"We won. That's what matters, we won."
Taking a 17-7 lead into the break, the Lady Rams were able to start the third on a 6-0 run to push ahead 16 just under two minutes into the quarter.
Though the Bluejays closed back to within nine points of Scott City at 29-20 with 4:40 to play, the Lady Rams' defense held Jefferson to only one more basket the rest of the game to close out the win.
Controlling the paint most of the game, Scott City's Katie Hogan finished the afternoon with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots. As a team, the Scott City (20-6) outrebounded Jefferson 33-25.
JEFFERSON (22) -- Brittany Clemens 9, Emma Schweiss 2, Brooke Gray 5, Sierra Brown 1, Caitlyn Wehner 5. FG 7, FT 8-12, F 18. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: Abrielle Lalumondier, Haley Null).
SCOTT CITY (33) -- Stacey Heisserer 4, Melanie Lacey 3, Katie Rhymer 3, Katie Hogan 17, Andrea Gray 6. FG 12, FT 7-14, F 18. (3-pointers: Gray 2. Fouled out: none).
Kelly's season came to a close Saturday morning as the Lady Hawks suffered a 60-59 overtime loss to Saxony Lutheran in the opening round of the Class 3, District 3 Tournament.
Seeded fourth, the Lady Hawks took a two-point lead into the fourth before watching the fifth-seeded Lady Crusader come back to tie.
Once in overtime, Saxony Lutheran edged out the Lady Hawks 7-6 to take the win as Kelly (10-14) was only able to connect on 2 of 6 free throws in the extra frame.
In her senior finale, Kelly's Kayla Hicks scored a game-high 30 points, including five of the team's six overtime points. Fellow seniors Kristen Powell and Haley Glastetter added 11 and 8 points to the Lady Hawks cause respectively.
Leading the Lady Crusaders was Natalie Mueller with 21 points while Abby Hartmann finished with 12.
Kelly 11 16 10 16 6 - 59
Saxony 11 13 11 18 7 - 60
KELLY (59) -- Kaitlin Glastetter 2, Haley Glastetter 8, Bridgette Chandler 5, Karlie Ashcraft 3, Kayla Hicks 30, Kristen Powell 11. FG 20, FT 16-29, F 25. (3-pointers: Powell 1. Fouled out: Powell, Ashcraft, Hicks).
SAXONY LUTHERAN (60) -- Kristy Winter 2, Regan Obermann 11, Julia Steffens 8, Lauren Hecht 4, Abby Hartmann 12, Natalie Mueller 21. FG 22, FT 14-33, F 22. (3-pointers: Obermann 2. Fouled out: Hartmann, Hecht, Steffens).